3 Great Documentaries for Inspiration and Change (and a Movie for the Heart)

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Almost two years ago now, we decided to cut back by getting rid of cable and trying out Netflix instead. It took some adjusting, believe me (I still miss cable!) but also lead me to discover some great movies and documentaries I may not have known about or taken the time to watch.

As much as I believe in eating healthy, it’s just as important that the food tastes good if I’m going to eat it! That’s also how I feel about these films. While they are good for you, totally inspiring and full of empowering and awesome information, they’re also feel good, fun and easy to watch.

Since I’m a total book and movie geek, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite educational yet totally feel good picks.

Beginning with…..


This movies takes the ever present human quest for happiness and examines how we actually define being happy, what it means to us and then looks at different areas and cultures around the world at some of the happiest places and people along with the unhappy and to me, tragic.

My thoughts and feelings have always been, human beings are pack animals, we are not meant be be solitary creatures. Along with the physical necessities for life – food, clothing and shelter, we also need loving, healthy human contact and relationships to thrive and be happy and this idea is deeply explored in the film as well.

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Awesome Scary Movies I Probably Won’t Be Watching For Halloween

vintage looking woman, screaming

It’s almost Halloween!

I am completely unprepared but that’s ok, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. My only disappointment is that I usually wait until the last minute to realize I desperately want to dress up when I take my son trick or treating and then have nothing and walk in shame.

But it hasn’t always been this way, I have such awesome memories of Halloweens past. My earliest ones being of my brother and I heading out around the neighborhood, pillow cases for candy bags, then returning home to sort our treasures and watch a scary movie.

Maybe that’s why I’ve always had a special place in my heart for horror films. Not the crappy, blood and guts, slash and torture movies like Hostel and Saw 48 or whatever they are up to now.

I’m all about the psychological thriller, the monster you don’t expect, the killer you never see, the mystery of the darkness and everything we don’t understand.
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Tara Stiles – Heartland Yogi

After hearing about Tara Stiles yoga documentary, I finally got a change to watch the video on YouTube.

Yoga instructor Tara Stiles
Image source – bestofyoutoday.com

For those unfamiliar, Tara Stiles is a well known yoga teacher as well the author of books, Yoga Cures and Slim Calm Sexy Yoga.

Heartland Yogi is about Tara visiting her small, mid western home town of Newton Illinois, to share the experience of yoga by hosting a free outdoor “Yoga Day” for the local residents.
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Movie Day – The Hunger Games

Soda, Twizzlers and my ticket for The Hunger Games

Sounds silly but Saturday was a pretty big deal for me. I went to the movies. A real, grown up movie with no animated characters. A movie that was longer than an hour. I know, I need to get out more so this was a super big deal and I was very excited.

I need to point out, I have never read any of The Hunger Games book and actually knew almost nothing about what this movie or story was about. Below is purely my opinion of the film and it’s message.

I’ve been hearing so many people talk about The Hunger Games, how great it is and I’m a big fan of sci-fi and futuristic movies so I was really curious and interested. (Bladerunner, Logan’s Run…From the little I had seen or heard, I figured it may be this kind of movie.) And going to the movies is one of my favorite things in the world to do. Cable, Netflix and renting movies is great but there is something about going to the theatre. So, for lots of reasons, I was very excited to go.

And – I LOVED the movie. Few movies make me want to read the books, this one did.

However, a few things I wish I would have known before seeing this movie:
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